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Bridge simulator unveiled for fishing vessels

Thu 12 Apr 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Bridge simulator unveiled for fishing vessels
Kongsberg's K-Sim Fishery simulator includes a forward bridge with 135 of visualisation

Simulator hardware follows new standards for training, certification and watchkeeping for advanced fish finding and catching STCW-F

Kongsberg Digital has developed a simulator to help train the growing number of professional fishermen in vessel operations and fish finding. The fishermen will be taught to use navigation devices including radar and electronic charts.

It teamed up with another Norwegian company, Kongsberg Maritime, for the installation and training on Simrad fishery equipment, including echo sounders, sonar and trawl monitoring systems.

This simulator package is based on Kongsberg Digital's K-Sim technology and integrates the key operations on board the latest fishing vessels. It fulfils DNV GL's certification standards, and course models and hardware follow the new standards for training, certification and watchkeeping for advanced fish finding and catching, STCW-F.

K-Sim Fishery is designed as a fishing vessel bridge with different vessel models and sizes available. It has all necessary bridge and navigation equipment for vessel voyages, shiphandling and fish catching. This includes controls for winches used for handling fishing equipment such as purse seine, trawl and long line.

Kongsberg Digital said both the vessel and equipment will behave as in real-life due to the simulator's advanced physical engine. Students will practice fishery exercises where they will learn to use the vessel's equipment and optimise working hours and fuel consumption. They can choose the best routes and vessel position, and carry out appropriate manoeuvres to control the fishing gear to ensure quantity and quality of the catch.

Lofoten Vocational School, Norway was the first to order a K-Sim fishing simulator when it signed the contract on 29 January this year. This marine school is upgrading its existing Kongsberg Polaris bridge simulator with K-Sim technology as it moves to a new location and opens modern training facilities in Leknes, Lofoten in 2019.

Visual systems of a K-Sim fishery simulator include a forward bridge with 135 of displays and an aft bridge with 40 of visualisation using light emitting diode and liquid crystal display screens. Other main components are:

  • K-Sim navigation instructor station.
  • K-Sim navigation server and student station.
  • Simrad fish school simulation server.
  • Simrad beam echo sounder.
  • Simrad omnidirectional sonar.
  • Simrad catch monitor.
  • K-Sim offshore generic winch unit.
  • Simulation software.
  • Ship models and exercise areas.

Kongsberg Digital has won a contract to provide simulation services involving cloud-based training from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, offering simulation-as-a-service by integrating K-Sim modules with Kongsberg's Kognifai digital platform.

This will involve training engineroom operations using the Kognifai cloud environment. Students will be able to access this simulation program using their own devices. Instructors can assign exercises to students who can complete training in self-study time. Kognifai enables portfolios of exercises to be downloaded and shared within the training organisation.

Onboard e-learning

Simulation-as-a-service could be extended to seafarers when they are operating on ships. This could be similar to the existing e-learning and computer-based training already used extensively on ships, with the addition of desktop simulation.

Seagull Maritime has expanded its ability to provide e-learning courses on ships through a partnership with satellite communications provider Marlink, by installing Seagull software on Marlink's XChange centralised IT and communications management platform on vessels. This would host Seagull's training programs and qualification software. Updates and new e-learning courses would be downloaded on to XChange devices on ships using Marlink's Sealink VSAT services.

In March, Seagull also started collaborating with Sea Health & Welfare, which is responsible for ensuring that content of e-learning modules and practical tasks fulfil Danish Maritime Authority's legislative requirements. Together they have created an occupational health and safety e-learning course with 14 modules for onboard safety representatives and supervisors on Danish-flagged ships.

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